In Praise of Gary Bettman and the NHL

For the first time in my adult life, I do not care about a single New Year's Day bowl game.
Actually, I cannot even name any Jan. 1 football matchup.
I heard the Rose Bowl won't have a PAC 10 representative.  And the Cotton Bowl won't even be played on New Year's Day.
The only athletic contest scheduled [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Peak of the Peak Edition

The most hated man in Washington is glumly going golfing. That's right, folks, Sidney Crosby and the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, your Washington Capitals' fiercest rivals, were finished off rather handily last night by those pesky Montreal Canadiens. 
Caps fans upset about the team's early exit from this year's playoffs can at least take solace in the dejected look [...]

Our Morning Roundup: Nude, Green Leaves and Bust Edition

The voluptuous vaporizer vixen tending bar at Big Joe Englert's Rock & Roll Hotel on H Street NE totally called it two weeks ago. Two ounces of marijuana per month? "That's simply not enough for some people," she said.
Turns out, D.C. Council agrees. Officially giving the green light to medical marijuana in District yesterday, the Council also added new language potentially doubling the [...]

Cheap Seats Daily: Leonsis Says Caps Bigger Than Jesus?

Sally Jenkins goes after Dan Snyder like she'd invested in Six Flags. Her latest column reviews Snyder's historic star-struckitude and avoidance of personal accountability, and every paragraph is great and dead-on and brutal.
A sampling:
This is Snyder's team; he was intimately involved in assembling it. He keeps his favorite players on speed dial, watches practices on [...]

Cheap Seats Daily: The End of Days

Around 6:45 p.m. EST, Ryan Zimmerman grounded into a fielders choice in his fifth and final hitless plate appearance in San Francisco. His hitting streak, the best of the few reasons to pay attention to the Nationals this season, was done at 30 games.
A little after 7:30 p.m., a shot from Pittsburgh's Sergei Gonchar goes [...]

Cheap Seats Daily: Best Owner List Shocker: Leonsis Left Off! Worst Owner List Non-Shocker: Snyder, Lerners Left On!

Sports Illustrated released Top 5 best/worst owners lists for all the major sports. Our town's fabulously represented, though only on the dark side.
First off: Ted Leonsis somehow wasn't included among hockey's best. If there's ever been a more beloved sports owner in this town than Leonsis circa 2009, I can't remember him.
Hard to believe it's [...]

Cheap Seats Daily: Caps and Zimmerman Live Another Day

That's how Caps' play-by-play man Steve Kolbe ended his awesome call of David Steckel's game winner last night from Pittsburgh.
Nothing like OT playoff hockey on the radio.
The game started lousy for the eventual winners. At the end of the 1st period, with the Caps down 1-0 and [...]

Cheap Seats Daily: Nats Take Advantage of Odd Manny Out!

For the first time since the Natinals scandal, the natinal media paid attention to our baseball team yesterday.
Folks only took notice, alas, because our boys were in L.A. while the Dodgers learned they'd be an odd Manny out. For a long time.
Looks like Manny Ramirez took some sort of estrogen. So Manny was just being [...]